Stahl Earns All-American Finish in 500 Free

Keven Stahl photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Keven Stahl photo courtesy of Scott Guise

GREENSBORO, N.C. – York College sophomore Keven Stahl earned his second career All-American honor on Wednesday at the first day of the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Stahl finished 14th in the consolation finals of the 500 freestyle on Wednesday evening. Stahl notched a time of 4:30.85 in the evening swim after qualifying 16th in the morning preliminaries. Stahl finished with a time of 4:31.21 in the morning swim.

Stahl is the second Spartan in school history to earn multiple swimming All-American honors joining former national champion Kyle Walthall who recorded six All-American awards during his Spartan career.

In the consolation finals, Stahl used a different approach in the race as he went out faster than he usually does in a 500 race. Stahl led the field of eight at the 300 meter mark and then he was second after 400 meters. He got caught from behind in the final 100 but still managed to be the first Spartan to score national points in the 500 freestyle.

Stahl returns to the pool Thursday morning when he competes in the preliminaries of the 400 IM. Stahl will swim in the second of four preliminary heats on Thursday morning.